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Audrey Juds, a longtime resident of New Berlin, has worked over 25 years covering the city as a reporter, editor and columnist. Contact her at

New Berlin Rotary presents annual Murder Mystery Dinner Saturday, Feb. 6

The New Berlin Rotary Club's annual murder mystery dinner will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, at the New Berlin Banquet Center, 16000 W. Cleveland Ave. Events and a cash bar will start at 5:30 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 6:15 p.m. This year the audience will be taken on a blast from the past when trying to solve the murder which occurs during the program, titled, "Totally Rad 80's Prom Gone Bad." This annual fundraising event helps the New Berlin Rotarians support various New Berlin causes, which include youth scholarships, New Berlin Police Department Midnight Volleyball for teens, and youth exchange programs, among other events. Tickets, which cost $40, are available online at, or from members. For questions, please call Stephanie at 262-786-9897.

Best Breakfast in Town

The New Berlin Lioness Club will hold its 38th Annual Champagne Breakfast Sunday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 Holy Apostles Gymnasium, 159th St., just north of National Ave. Even before I was a Lioness, I'd tell my friends this is the best breakfast in town. The menu includes champagne, fruit pancake roll-ups with vanilla sauce, scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, hot ham, sausage, fresh fruit cups, rolls, desserts, juice, coffee tea and milk. Teens are ready to help carry heavy trays to the table. And if you want seconds, there is a special table set up for your convenience. Tickets for adults are $9.50 in advance, or $10 at the door. Children's tickets for under age 10 are $2.50, and free for those under age 5. For ticket information please call Lioness Chris at 262-782-8920, or email All proceeds go to the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Camp in Rosholt, WI for children and adults with special needs.

Rotary brings Kids from Wisconsin to New Berlin

More than 400 people attended a roaring production of the Kids from Wisconsin at New Berlin West High School August 22. Among the 33 performers were Issac Surprenant of New Berlin, who plays bass guitar, and Kyle Johnson-Evers of Muskego, on woodwind. Since its 46 years of existence, this was the first time for this super talented group of musicians, singers and dancers to appear in New Berlin. Each year the young musicians, selected from various parts of Wisconsin, are headquartered at State Fair Park. It is amazing that they spend only 17 days there "in camp" before presenting their first concert. In addition to appearing daily during the 10 days of the fair, they are performing throughout the state. Rotary Club members now are planning to continue sponsoring the Kids as an annual New Berlin event.

Teacher's stained glass artwork saved

The awesome display of stained glass, that had surrounded the main entry of Glen Park School, has been saved. Now that this school has been sold, the glass has been reinstalled in the main hall at Elmwood School. ... The artist, Bruce Heil, was an art teacher at Glen Park School when he created the stained glass artwork as his master's thesis project, which took 16 months to design, create and produce. He then explained to the School board that it was "the direct result of a unique partnership between himself and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, New Berlin Public Schools administration, the Glen Park Home and School, the parents and kids of Glen Park, teachers, family, friends and the Board of Education." ... The work was based on a poem, "We are like trees: we must create new leaves, new directions, in order to grow." He had credited the Home and School Association for raising more than $2,000 to pay for the cost of the materials. The mothers also furnished refreshments for an unveiling of the windows ceremony. ... He had explained the global concept for this work as "an interplay of the applied geometry of Albrecht Durer and his alphabet designed in the year 1535, with the painterly landscape influence of Louis Comfort Ttifany's masterworks of the 1800's." ... Elmwood School recently celebrated the installation of the glass in its main hall, during a ceremony in memory of the artist. Included were family members, friends, school officials and students.

New Berlin Lioness hold Meet & Greet Sunday, May 4

The New Berlin Lioness will hold a Meet & Greet Membership Drive Sunday, May 4, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the New Berlin Public Library Community Room. Some of the organizations the Lioness have helped over the years include New Berlin Police Dept., Hope Center, New Berlin Food Pantry, Back to School Family, Back Pack Project, Leader Dog, Blood Center of Wisconsin, New Berlin Scholarship Fund, American Red Cross,among others. In order to continue their service mission,they are looking to attract new members to their organization. If you are interested in meeting new people, looking for new experiences, helping others, making an impact at home and around the world, then you may want to be a New Berlin Lioness. You are invited to stop in, say hi, enjoy some snacks and beverages, and learn what the Lioness are all about Then you may want to be a New Berlin Lioness. The Lioness can be contacted

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